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I used one of these when my daughter was about 4 or 5 months old, when she could hold he head up on her own. I didnt use as much as I was expecting, but she did enjoy it when she had got the hang of boucing init when a bit older. At first when I started using it she would tend to fall forward init making her feet lift up ito the air like a flying action, which I didnt like because it tended to swing and she kept nearly banging her head on the sides of the door way. So I recommend bout 6 or 7 months to use. Once she was able to kick the floor with her feet I found I needed to stick some kind of mat undernether so she wouldnt hurt her feet on the carpet gripper. The door bouncer was a red and blue colour, which will suit for either a boy or a girl, was well made and was very easy to put together and attach to the doorway. It was a bit of a struggle trying to get her in the door bouncer when I was on my own, its alot easier with two people so they can hold it open when puting your child in. We got some smiles out of using it so that was worth it, but unless you have a wide doorway, and think that they wont keep banging into the side of the doorway, I think its safer to stay with them at all times when in the door bouncer.
The newest addition to my family loves to be on her feet constantly, but as she cant support herself yet I knew I would have to invest in a door bouncer. I bought mine from Argos for £19.99, which I thought was a reasonable price! The only thing which I found slightly annoying about the door bouncer is the colour. I could only find the one which is mainly blue with yellow straps. Because of this I found that it is more suited to boys. The seat where your baby sits is nice and thick and cushioned and so it looks as though it would be nice and comfy for your baby. It has straps that clip around your babies waist and then there is also Velcro so you know your baby is nice and safe. There are adjustable straps that then go up from the seat, this is so you can higher or lower the seat depending on how tall your baby is. From this there is the metal clamp which you pull apart and put over your door frame and when you release grips onto the door. The adjustable straps are nice and easy to use and you just slide the straps through the to get the desired length. The metal clamp though is quite hard to pull apart and so I do sometimes struggle with this. Especially when you are trying to get it down from the door frame as I am short this is made even harder. But on the other hand I suppose it needs to be difficult to open to make sure it doesn't fall from the door. The bouncer can be use once a child can support there own head until they reach 12kg. My baby girl loves the bouncer, it bounces really well and she enjoys it so much with all her giggles. What is also good is that your baby can spin as they bounce and so more daughter loves it as she can turn herself to see what's going on all around her. It is nice and easy to put your baby in and to get them out. This is something I would defiantly recommend for parents of young babies.
~ Lindam Door Bouncer ~ My boys have always loved their door bouncers and my newest little one is no exception. We currently have a Lindam door bouncer which I purchased in a car boot sale when expecting my third son. I paid £4 maybe £5 for it and it was in exceptional condition, I just washed the seat pad in the machine and gave the rest a good wipe over. My son absolutly loved this bouncer so I knew it would be used again when I was expecting my fourth son. Knowing this I got it down from the attic and washed it ready for when he would be needing it. The Lindam door bouncer is a nice item to have. When you have a baby, you always end up buying lots of things you never end up using but this is not one of those things. It can of course be used by both boys and girls but the colour way seems more suited to boys with it's mainly blue colouring. The clamps at the top are blue in colour, this leads onto two metal arms that join in a yellow coloured box, beneath this is a height adjustable blue string/rope/belt. This leads onto the blue plastic frame of the bouncer from which hangs two yellow straps and a blue coloured seat. So as you can see this bouncer is mostly blue! The seat part is very padded and thick and when baby is placed in it you can be assured that they are quite safe as it not only has thick velcro straps but also a buckle that fastens around the velcro too. When in the seat your little ones arms will need to go through the middle of each of the yellow straps and then they are held in an upright position. The blue strap at the top is used to adjust the height and this is quite simple, it is just like adjusting any other strap where you slide the material along to either lengthen it or shorten it. Just from checking online I can see that I can be rest assured that this item is very safe as it has been machine tested at a million bounces under demanding conditions. I have never had any problems with using it and have always felt that my little one is safe whilst in it. These are intended to be used from when baby can support its own head until they are 12kg. I have been using it since my son was about 3/4 months old and he loves it! We have a large archway going through from our living room into the dining room and I hang the door bouncer in the middle of this. I like it being there rather than a door frame as he has lots more room to swing around as he loves to do! Whenever I put him in the bouncer I simply say " Bouncy, bouncy,bouncy " and he laughs and grins and of course bounces away. My little one loves his bouncer and I tend to put him in it for 10 minutes during the day and again before his bedtime bath as I find that it tires him out ready for bed. My son likes to bounce, spin, run around in circles to mention just a few things. I would definatly recommend these door bouncers as they are a bit of fun to babies. Being machine washable makes them even better! They can be purchased in most stores that sell baby items, such as Argos, Tesco etc. Amazon currently have them priced at £19.95. Thanks for reading :o) x
My daughter wanted something for my little grandaughter to amuse her. She had grown out of her baby chair wed bought her when she was born that used to have little toys dangling on it. Wed bought her a bumbo chair and tray thinking she could sit in it and watch tv, play with her toys in it and eat in it. But she hated it. We could lay her on her baby mat for a while and shed play or watch tv, but as she couldnt sit up or walk yet things were limited. Id had a door bouncer for my kids when they were little so i suggested my daughter getting her one of them. My grandaughter loved it. You just hang it over the door frame and strap your baby in it. They can bounce away to there hearts content or just sit there and look around at everything going on.. My grandaughter loves hers so much that iv bought her one for at my house too. They are easy to put up and when your finished with it they are easy to take down. They arent bulky either so there easy to store away. Not that ours is away for long as my grandaughter uses hers every day.
I was very keen to get my son bouncing in this lindam plus door bouncer. It was bought as a gift for £16.99 on offer so its worth shopping around as it is sold for a lot more than that. The Bouncer is easy enough to clamp to your door frame, the difficult part comes when trying to get the baby into the seat and adjusting the straps. It is extremely difficult to get the baby into the seat alone, and can easily result in catching their head on the plastic strap bar. It does get easier the more you do it, but it is still tricky and takes time so I don't use it as often as I thought I would. You also need to have the seat at a height where just the baby's tip-toes are touching the floor. The only way to acheive this is to adjust the straps with the baby in the seat, which again is very difficult. Having said that once the baby is FINALLY in the bouncer it is brilliant and can keep the baby happy and bouncing for a while. I found it useful when needing to do the ironing as I could stand in front of the baby and watch him (never leave the baby alone in this) and interact but know that he is safe and I could get on with the ironing. I do like the bouncer,just very tricky to get baby in, but worth it when they are.
This is a review of the Lindam baby bouncer we bought for my daughter as she constantly wants to be on her feet and any activity is a welcome break for our arms! Price and colour The bouncer cost around £20 from Argos and is bright blue, yellow with a red body holster. It reminds me of Stewie Griffin's outfit from Family Guy which just makes me laugh every time she is in it! Putting it together I missed out on this bit as my sister grabbed the box off me and after a few maneouveurs with the straps had it all put together. She assures me that it was simple. Adjustments Important to the correct usage is that the straps are adjusted to your baby's height or more specifically leg length. Their toes need to touch the floor so they can jump up and down but you don't want them fully on the floor or they will just hang there in limbo! Fiitting The key to getting this activity right is all in the setting up. Firstly, your door frame needs to be even on both sides for it to fit safely. This was fine in our house but we could only find one door in my parent's place that suited, which is not good when you want to keep your eye on them whilst in the bouncer. Watch out for their head! When putting the baby into the sling harness it is a bit awkward and I have to drag a chair over for the job so I can use both hands and keep my balance. The clip needs to go on the door frame first and then baby into the harness seat. There may be a better way to do this but sitting down works for me. As they need to sit in the sling, have their arms between the hanging straps and then velcroed adjustable around the back so they are comfortable, finally clipped the sides together and they are in. The hanging structure is an upside down Y shape and has been known to clonk her on the head a bit as we are getting her in so watch out for that one. Luckily it's plastic so she just ignores it! And now about the noise As the title suggests, this is not a silent aide. Think bad bed springs and you've got it so when she's jumping up and down, you've guessed it, it sounds a bit like someone's going for it in the bed department lol! The good My daughter loves going in the baby bouncer and will let me know when she has had enough. She generally hangs between the kitchen and dining room and the cats whip through her legs on their way in and out and she finds this highly entertaining. If I sing and do bouncing actions to her she joins in and is quite comfortable. I have to watch the door is fully open and out of the way and that she is hanging in the middle of the door frame to avoid any trapped fingers etc. Also good is the fact that all the harness and straps are fully washable and I have been pleased to throw it in the washing machine to freshen up or remove dribble etc and it's come out like new and dried well. The bad Aside from the noise, there are a few things to mind. The head clonk upon insertion, socks on her feet to avoid any hurt on the floor runner that divides the room. There is some school of thought that this may not be good for their hips if used too early or for too long so it's not a device to be overused. As my daughter can easily turn to face either way which she loves, it gives her some independence however it can mean the main strap gets twisted repeatedly so one to keep your eye on. I made her really cry once when untangling it too fast (think I gave her motion sickness) but gently does it and it's all part of the game. The ugly I think the colours are pretty bad on this item and whilst it is uni sex I would have liked more colour options. I think there are many similar items that do the same job on the market. Final word If you have a baby and are struggling to find activities, I'd recommend one of these. Don't pay too much for it like I probably did though! I honestly think this had helped to get my daughter on her feet early and it's a good energetic exercise to wear her out a bit. Just make sure you fit it with caution and take your time making sure the baby is sitting comfortably before they begin bouncing as the straps can become a little tangled if not careful. It's not a babysitter: I would not leave my baby out of sight in this contraption in case she became distressed so supervise at all times.
My baby has always run around exploring anything she could find. So when she could hold her head up and was more stable I decided to get her a baby bouncer. I thought she would enjoy it when she got used to it but knowing my baby I decided to get it 2nd hand. That way if she did'nt like it I wouldn't have wasted too much money. I bought one from my local carboot sale for £3. You can buy it new from most places for around £20-25. I took it home ,stripped it apart which was very easy and put it in the washer. It came out as good as new. It is made of colourful red material which on some cheaper fabrics would run and go duller. But this one did'nt. To hang the bouncer you pull apart a really strong pincer and attach it to the top of your door frame. For me it was hard to pull apart the pincer and reach up to the door frame.To make matters worse I'm not tall enough to reach the door frame. There is a chord attached to a big T shaped plastic case that incases the spring. Hanging from the T shape is what looks like a large nappy. There are two adjustable belts that adjust to your childs height. To get the child in the bouncer is nothing far from a small miracle. Somehow you are supposed to place your child in the big nappy while the thing is swinging round then secure the velcro then the belt clips on each side. I found this impossible to do by myself and would definately need someone else around. When my baby was in it she hated it from the start. Hanging there swinging around. She did jump around for a bit then got really frustrated and wanted to escape, and do something more interesting. My baby is very independent and hates to feel enclosed , trapped and not in control which she was when couped up in this. However I do know alot of babies who can happily spend hours in there. One problem is as the bouncer is always above a door then there will usually be that bit of metal (can't think of its name) that keeps the carpet in place. I found this annoying as I was worried it may be sharp on her feet so always put a blanket underneath her. Also as its a door hanger it means in winter the door cannot be closed so big draughts will innevitably get in. Great if your baby likes this kind of thing.Bit fiddly to get set up. Strong , entertaining , interesting invention.I'm going to give this 3 stars because I think its well made and durable. Just really fiddly but if baby likes it can see it being a favourite toy.
I was lucky enough to pick one of these up for £5 at a boot sale so I don't know how easy the initial set up is for a new one but I do know this item is fantastic. We started putting our daughter in it from around 6 months which is the recommended age and she loved it, at first she would just bounce away in it giggling as she went but after a few tried she also realised she could manage to turn herself round so she could see into the kitchen. The seat is made of sturdy yellow fabric and is attatched to a plastic hanger which sits not far above babies head, this is then attached to some more strong fabric and then a very large springed device to go over the door. Getting the bouncer attached to the door can take a bit of strength to open the actual jaws of the hanger and get them over the door frame and lined up correctly but it is more than worth it. The mechanism is also covered with large coiled metal to protect fingers. Getting baby into the seat can be a bit of a nightmare, I have read that people take the seat off the hanger and then put baby in before reattaching it, don't know if this is how you are supposed to do it as we never had instructions but I personally would sit on a chair next to the doorway and lay baby over my knee to get her into it before carefully moving her into position. Then let go and watch the smiles and laughs as babies do really seem to love this. My daughter would have stayed in this for hours if she had been allowed and used to cry when she was taken out of it. I can't wait til my second daughter is big enough to go in this as she loves being on her legs and I think she will really enjoy it too. There is one thing however if you are going to use one of these you can expect marks at the top of the door and I wouldn't bother decorating if you are going to use one as you would have to finish it again.
Freddy absolutely loves to bounce, it must be one of his favourite physical activities, if not the favourite. Up until about a month ago he would bounce like a crazy baby in his Leapfrog Activity Station, but he was getting just a little too enthusiastic and was giving me minor heart attacks every time he tried to launch himself into space. So what's a Mum to do, my knees were starting to get a little bruised so I brought out the door bouncer that we had bought when he was four months old and then put away as he didn't really being in it (and it was rather too much hassle spending ten minutes strapping him in for two minutes of play). The door bouncer in question is the Lindam Bounce About Plus Door Bouncer, that I purchased six months ago from Amazon for a very reasonable £19.99 (including delivery), although the price has now risen to £23.95. The question is, was that purchase eventually worthwhile and would I recommend this to the parent of a budding trampolinist? ==Let's Get Ready To Bounce== Although there are fancier door bouncers available including a Tigger one, I really didn't see the point in paying extra for a bouncer just because it has orange and black stripes and a tail. This bouncer is very basic in colour, being blue and yellow, and is equally suitable for a boy or a girl. On removing the bouncer from the box, I was faced with several pieces that needed to be assembled before Freddy could even try bouncing. The first thing that needed to be done was to slide the hanger over the covered spring. I must say, that I do like that the spring is completely enclosed, meaning that there's no danger of Freddy's (or anyone else's) fingers getting caught. It was fairly easy to slide the hanger into position, but I did need to make sure that it was lined up exactly and it's also easy for the hanger to be pulled out of position. The next stage was somewhat more difficult and involved threading the strap by which the bouncer hangs onto the door clamp. The supplied instructions need to followed exactly at this point and it's rather fiddly to say the least. But once it's threaded through the clamp, the strap can be adjusted (fiddly again) so that when your child is in the harness their feet touch the floor. The sprung clamp arms are under quite a lot of tension and I must admit I do struggle to open them enough to place them over the door lintel. But once they are in place the whole bouncer feels very secure and the clamp arms have shown no signs of movement. It's important to note that this bouncer has been designed to be used in interior doorways with a lintel where the wall is between 10cm and 17cm thick. So it's worth checking that doorway you want to use this in is suitable before purchasing it. If I thought getting the bouncer into place was a kerfuffle, nothing had prepared me for how difficult the next stage was going to be. Getting Freddy into the harness is a job and a half, even now when he's actually more than willing to have it put on him. The harness does fit securely round Freddy, and is adjustable with both Velcro straps and plastic clip to hold Freddy firmly in place. The harness has fitted Freddy really well from when he was a rather petite four month old right up to the chunky 10kg (22lb) ten month old he is now. Once Freddy is in the harness I then have to hold him while I fit the harness straps into grooves on the hanger. While I can do all this on my own, I do find it quite difficult and it's far easy to both put him in and take him out of the bouncer if I have an extra pair of hands available. Removing Freddy from the bouncer after playing is also a little awkward, and involves lifting him while either releasing the straps or undoing the harness, while making sure that I don't hit his head on the hanger. ==It's Time To Bounce== As this bouncer is promoted as being suitable for babies once they can support their head unaided, I first tried Freddy in this when he was four months old. To be honest, he really didn't look very comfortable, tended to fall forward and would cry to get out after a couple of minutes. Considering that it was taking me between five and ten minutes to get him into the bouncer and how quickly Freddy was getting distressed, we decided that this was probably one of those purchases we were going to regret and so put it away and forgot about it. But in the last month this bouncer has really come into it's own. Yes it is still quite awkward to get Freddy into it, but Freddy now absolutely adores bouncing in it and gets really excited when he sees me setting it up. I wouldn't say there was an awful lot of bounce in this though, it does seem to be mostly Freddy doing the bouncing as he jumps up and down with a big grin on his face. Freddy also uses this to practice standing, which is rather comical to watch as he literally stands in the doorway, not actually realising that he's standing on his own two feet. Freddy also thinks spinning himself round and playing peek-a-boo is really funny, especially when he lifts his feet off the floor so he spins quite fast. This does make my heart miss the odd beat though, as he's come a bit close to hitting the door frame a couple of times. Although the instructions do state that this shouldn't be used as a swing, Freddy hasn't read that part and he also likes to pull himself backwards, lift his feet and swing backwards and forwards. I do keep a close eye that he doesn't hurt himself, but I don't have the heart to spoil his fun. The instructions also recommend that Freddy should spend no more than 20 minutes in this at a time, and I would say that this is just about right. Twenty minutes of bouncing is just long enough to tire Freddy out, and although he would love to spend longer in it, doing so would make him a very tired, grumpy little boy. ==Bounce And Learn== As with every activity your baby does, as well as being fun, this bouncer will also help them to learn new skills. Although there isn't an actual recommended minimum age, I personally would say that a baby wouldn't really get the most from this bouncer until they are about six months, even though they would fit in it before that age. As baby using this they will steadily learn how to coordinate to bounce, swing, twist and even stand in the bounce. Freddy's legs have certainly become a lot stronger, and while his bounces were random to begin with, he is now quite precise in his movements. The bouncer is also a nice way of giving Freddy a different perspective on the world around him, making a nice change from laying down. Unfortunately Freddy won't actually be able to use this for much longer, as the instructions do state that it's only suitable for children under 12kg and is unsuitable for independent walkers. ==Bounce Forever== The Lindam Bounce About Plus does seem very durable, the spring is enclosed in hard wearing plastic and the strap is made of tough webbing, so there's no chance of it rotting. Freddy is at the higher end of the weight limit and I've need seen any sign of the stitching being stretched or coming loose. The harness is also machine washable, and has survived being put through a couple of cool washes looking as good as new. So although, it's had a relatively short life-span for Freddy, this is a piece of equipment that can be put away just in case we ever decide to have another baby. ==Final Words== If you'd have asked me a few months ago, I don't think I would have really rated this bouncer. But, that's really just because Freddy was too young when I first tried him in it. In the last month, this bouncer has become indispensable, not only to save my knees from bounce bruises, but also because Freddy absolutely loves spending time in it. Ok, it is a pain getting him into the harness, and then attaching the harness to the hanger, but the look on Freddy's face makes it so worth it. So, I am going to recommend this bouncer for parents of babies from six months until walking and am giving it four stars out of five. (With the one star being lost because of the difficulty in getting baby in and out).
We got given this before our daughter was even born, to look at it I wasnt convinced that it would get used. I wasnt sure about the safety aspect of having a small child swinging from the door frame. I came home one day when our little one was around 3 months old to find her in it, she was far too young to be able to do any bouncing in it, in fact her legs didnt even touch the floor but she was smiling away as my other half was giving her a little push in it. I should say that our daughter was very much able to hold her head up by herself at this point, although I wouldnt recommend using the door bouncer at the tender age of 3 months old! I cannot remember the exact age that we tried her in it again, it was definitely when she was starting to push up on her legs though. My worries about the door bouncer were unfounded, our daughter absolutely loved being able to bounce around on her podgy little legs while I pottered around in the kitchen/front room. The safety aspect was nothing to worry about, the arms that attach to the frame were very strong, so strong in fact that I sometimes struggled to pull them apart! I used to put our daughter in the door bouncer whilst I cleaned upstairs, did the bathroom, hoovered etc, it used to wear her out a bit and she would always have a little sleep afterwards. The only thing I found a bit frustrating was getting her in and out of the bouncer, I used to put her in it before attaching but it was still quite difficult, more a 2 person job than a one person job. Uness I was doing it wrong which is quite likely. Overall I would recommend the door bouncer, not only does it give the little one a chance to see the world from a different view but also gives them a little work out and you chance to get on with a couple of little jobs. The lindam bouncer is very safe, sturdy and secure!
We got given this when our daughter was about 5 months old. She had just started crawling and loved being able to move around. We wanted to get her one of these so she could have some freedom to move but also be well supported. The Lindam baby bouncer attaches above a door frame using a very strong sprung clamp. It is coloured blue and yellow. It has an adjustable strap hanging down attached to the plastic spring unit which allows for the height of the unit to be changed to allow for different size babies to touch the floor comfortably. It then has adjustable straps holding the support for the baby to make sure they are securely in the bouncer. The support is washable and allows you to clip the baby in as an added safety feature. Our daughter loved the door bouncer and would happily bounce in it for ages. We found that she did get too enthusiastic at times and we needed to sit with her to make sure she did not hit the door frames. The whole device was very secure and I had no qualms about having her in it. We did find it hard to get her in and out of the seat and it was much easier to do with two people. I believe this bouncer costs around £25 and I think that is a reasonable price to pay. I would definitely use this device again as it allowed my daughter to get used to being on her feet and have lots of fun at the same time.
From the moment the girls got restless and started pushing with there legs i decided a door bouncer would help strengthen there mussels and give them exercise too. The baby bouncer was the stage before we bought the a baby walker as they were the kind of kids that wanted to run before they could walk and there was no stopping them. Hannah and Jess had the lindam baby bounce from the age of two months. U bought it from argos for around £20.00. The lindam bouncer come with easy to read and follow instructions witch i read properly and thoroughly before putting the bouncer up. There is no age limit on the lindam bouncer as long as baby can hold his/her head. Lindam bounder looks like some smart circus equipment basically a heavy duty spring inside a long plastic tube with a bar going across the way that holds the body support harness. There is a big metal clamp at the top that fits on the door frame, this is sturdy , being a paranoid parent tugged and tugged to make sure it was solid. The padded fabric seat supports the body and comes up to the chest area, there are pull in straps and clips at the side should you need to adjust the body support witch is hanging from the bouncer arms with two strong yellow straps. Getting Hannah and Jess in the seat proved tricky at times but most of the time my partner was at home and able to help me guide the baby in whist he held the seat. Hannah and jess spent quite a bit of time in the door bouncer they loved the freedom and often got excited plus it was entertaining for me watching them bounce around having a good time. The fabric seat is easy to clean with a damp cloth as we did have a little sicky accident at one point. The bounder is easy to take back off the door frame and did not leave any marks on the wall or wood. The bouncer lasted us from the age of two months until six months but goes by the weight of the baby, max weight is 12 kg. Hannah and Jess looked comfortable when using the bouncer but most of all provided them with fun and exercise. I recommend the lindam baby bouncer.
Age level - I don't think I can give a specific age level for this product, because each baby develops at a different pace. This product should not be used before baby can comfortably support their own head for a period of time. I chose this product after careful research. One of the main reasons for my decision was that the straps are held well away from baby's neck. I know all of the modern bouncers are meant to prevent the straps strangling the child but this did look the safest. Some of the old bouncers actually did result in some deaths, something to be wary of if taking a very old one out of storage or home from a boot sale. That said, I did my research and found absolutely no evidence of problems with this particular bouncer. Next we set this up and my husband put all his weight onto the strap to make sure the clamp would hold his weight. It is very important to check as there have been cases ( not with this brand to my knowledge) of the clamps failing. You also have to be certain the door frame is sturdy enough. The knot where the strap attaches to the clamp should be checked with every use as well, and if the straps become frayed or damaged in any way, this needs to go to the bin. Finally, children are not meant to be left alone in this. The product itself consists of the basic cloth seat ( which is washable - good thing too as cloth nappies do leak at times)., the nylon straps a plastic "Y" suspended by another nylon strap and the clamp mechanism. I found this clamp too hard to open and only my husband could do it, but that is not a bad thing. At least we know it is sturdy. The clamp does do some damage to the paint above the door frame as well. The bouncer attaches with velcrp and a buckle strap in the back. I always kept an eye on my sons when using this toy, but it was lovely to watch them bounce away while I sat nearby and enjoyed a quiet meal or a bit of telly. My health visitor strongly recommended this product as a safe model that would help develop the legs. I do not really think any gadget is necessary to develop leg muscles, children learned to walk well before we had such things! But it is good to let them have fun and get some exercise. i did find that my sons both found an unusual way of using this though that soon required i be right next to it to stop little heads from bashing into door frames. They learned to twist around and around until they had completely coiled up the strap, then throw their heads back and spin very very quickly. My oldest called it "the dizzy" and my youngest must have picked it up from him. I have to admit it does look very fun. While they are both too old for door bouncers now (ages 2 & 5), we do still have this. My husband has rigged to go on and off the swing set and free from anything to smash up against they can do" the dizzy" still. There are some risks associated with door bouncers, but with a bit of common sense I think they are perfectly safe, especially models like this. The children love them, and like most Moms, i just love to see the boys happy :)
When she was younger my daughter was always full of beans and I felt we really needed something where she could release some of her energy. I looked at lots of different bouncers, but I always feel that it is better to get well known brands to insure they are of good quality. I saw this lindam baby bouncer in Argos, and I immediately thought it looked good. I got the orange version, but they also come in pink and blue. The lindam baby bouncer attaches firmly to the door frame (I would definitely check it a couple of times to insure it's attacked properly) it has an upside down T shape which contains the springs to allow baby to bounce. This also holds the straps for the chair that baby sits in. The chair is padded for extra comfort and comes high up baby's front and back to insure they don't fall out. The seat also has a small lindam badge on the front. The seat opens up either side I'm presuming this is meant to be helpful to get baby in, but it certainly is not. It was so difficult to get her in to it, we actually needed 2 people to get her in, this was a nuisance when daddy was at work because we couldn't use it. Even with 2 of us it was still extremely difficult. The bar is to low down and she kept hitting her head while we were trying to get her in. However despite taking 15 minutes to actually get her in she did love it. It was so much fun for her and for me watching her bouncing around laughing. It would keep her entertained for around 20 minutes each time, so that also gave me a break for a cup of tea. The seat is fully washable, which is ideal for little dribblers! The straps are adjustable as well so that is really useful for growing babies. The seat also has additional clips as well as Velcro straps, so once they are actually in there, it is safe. However it is highly recommended that babies are constantly watched while using this bouncer. Another little problem I found, which is not really to do with the product however, is that if you have wood floor baby can slip and slide around, especially if they have socks on. I just put a cushion under her feet and that made it easier for her. I would recommend getting a bouncer, but I'm not sure I would recommend this one. But it does work well once you have actually managed to get baby in. *Suitable for babies who can hold their head up unaided, typically from 3-15mths (max. weight 12kgs, approx. 26lbs) This can be bought for around £20.
When I first set eyes on these Lindam Baby Bouncers I was rather dubious about how safe they could be. After all no parent wants to risk the safety of their child just for the sake of trying out the latest gimmicky gadget to hit the shops. But having previously owned and used a door mounted baby bouncer, I felt we knew what to look for and what to look out for. ********************************************************** This Lindham Baby Bouncer has many features which I like. First and foremost any item of this type MUST have a strong and safe means of attaching itself to the door frame that you are going to use as the main support for the bouncer. This one has a set of rather mean looking metal clips that are tipped with durable plastic, that grip tightly around the top of the door frame that you intend to use the bouncer on. These attach well and give you enough confidence in them to feel that you can trust the bouncer to hold your baby safely and securely. ********************************************************** The mechanism of the bouncer is made of secure and strong components and feels sturdy enough to do the job of supporting your baby whilst allowing them the freedom to bounce and kick, which can aid their development and co-ordination. We found that our childs reactions were almost instantly good when using this and that it didn't take long before lots of smiles and giggles were both seen and heard from our happy bouncing baby. We even managed to get a few first kicks of a soft foam play football which resulted in cheers of delight as everyone chatted about a new potential footie star in the making! ********************************************************** The bouncer has an almost coat hanger type piece that is suspended at the bottom and this has straps attached which supports the fabric of the baby seat or sling that you put your baby into. The make up of this seating part of the product is really good. It looks and feels very safe. It holds the baby within it, nice and steady and comes up to the right sort of height around the babys midriff, just stopping under the arms and chest. The straps and supports used are of good quality, if a little fiddly to put on. But once you get the hang of placing your baby into the sling seat you will find that the materials used are soft and padded giving as much comfort as they can. ********************************************************** One thing you do need to think about is that you make sure that the door way you use has a deep enough overhang/ architrave. It must be a minimum of 1.5cms deep on each side. The width of the actual wall is important too and should be at least 10cms thick and no more than 17.5cms thick. You should never go against this recommendation! The bouncer can support a baby up to just under 24.5lbs. Again never try to use this with a heavier child as the product has not been made with heavier children in mind and doing this may endanger the child. Never use the bouncer with a baby who is unable to fully support its own head unaided and make sure that you pick the right stage in your childs development to use this product. Using it too early on could be harmful to a baby and should be avoided. ********************************************************** When used safely and thoughtfully this bouncer can be a great idea for your baby, providing lots of energetic fun and free movement. I am not so sure that it makes babies want to bounce as they do need help to do anything as co-ordinated as that, but lots of energetic leg kicks and smiles can be seen once your child becomes used to being in the bouncer. I would recommend the product to you if you feel you can meet all the criteria for safe placing and usage of the bouncer as it can offer lots of freedom and enjoyment for a developing child. Its safe to use when the rules are followed correctly and so gets 5 stars from me. Look to pay between £19.99 and £24.99 for the product and as ever shop around for the best deal.
Watch the smiles. Designed for safety, quality and ease of use. Exercise can be good fun. A little time in the bouncer each day can be good preparation for learning to walk.